Jimmy Carter Speech Video: Former President Praises Obama’s Record At DNC

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jimmy-carterFormer President Jimmy Carter addressed the Democratic National Convention via video on Tuesday, speaking to the delegates gathered at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. from a massive screen above the podium.

The 39th president delivered taped remarks praising President Barack Obama’s first term progress on issues such as health care reform, drawing down combat engagements in Iraq, and pro-middle class economic policies, all despite “bitter, unyielding, in fact unprecedented partisan opposition.”

Carter also urged viewers to not be swayed by more-moneyed interests — perhaps a dig at the Citizens United ruling, which is expected to grant pro-Mitt Romney forces a significant cash advantage — and examine the issues.

Romney’s camp wasted no time jumping on Carter’s appearance, blasting out a press release arguing that Obama’s record was weaker than Carter’s, claim made by vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan earlier in the day

“When President Obama chose President Carter for the opening night of his convention, he chose a fitting surrogate,” Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said. “From stagnant unemployment to a broken deficit pledge, both presidents left the country worse off than it was before they took office. As president, Mitt Romney will deliver a new direction by implementing pro-growth policies that create 12 million new jobs and deliver relief to struggling middle-class families.”

Last month, Los Angeles Mayor and Convention Chair Antonio Villaraigosa lauded Carter in a release announcing his participation in the convention.

“President Carter is one of the greatest humanitarian leaders of our time and a champion of democracy around the globe,” he said.

Carter expressed regrets at not being able to attend the DNC in person, but he did clarify that he and his wife, Rosalynn, “remain steadfast in our support for President Obama and the progress he will make in the next four years.”

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  1. I am personally grateful to Barack Obama. With his first (hopefully last) term winding down, no one will ever say again that I was the worst president of the US.

  2. And this rasha merusha supports the arabs and is aginst Eretz Yisroel- Arabs and Obama how nice! I now know who I will not be voting for- Obama!

  3. Hmmm…. The RNC wouldnt dream of putting either bush at their convention, yet the DNC has this guy? Btw he is not a rasha – he has tremendous respect for our tzaddikim and admorim, and extended an audience with the admorim of satmar ztl bobov ztl and yblct viznitz shlita. He said to them he was happy to meet real rabbis. He disagrees with the reshaim the tzionim, that doesnt make him a rasha. But that being said he was the worst president ever until obama came along, nothing to do with israel or jews, he was just a lousy, lousy president. I hope obama gets a job building houses with jimmy and leaves his current job to someone more qualified


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